Posts Tagged ‘SFMTA’

The Bridge Toll-Evading Mercedes Benz and BMW Owners of Frisco

Friday, September 30th, 2016

(I didn’t take most of these particular shots.)

Anywho, what do we see here – do we see the three parked cars of the occupants of one unit of housing all carousing about license plate-free on the Streets of San Francisco?


I think so.


Are these people pulling a Steve Jobs? Are they driving registered vehicles hither and yon with one or two DMV plates in the trunk, you know, waiting to get pulled over by the popo and then it will be, what, “Oh, I’ve been meaning to put those things on my car. The dealership says I need a special bracket, or something” or something like that?


I’ll tell you, the reason why the owners of Italian exoticars drive about California without proper California registration and insurance is because of the crushing “use taxes” they would have to pay otherwise. So your expensive, impractical weekend car might cost you $10K or $20K just for CA registration for the first year and then many thousands per year for years after that. So you end up seeing people using Oregon plates or Nevada plates or Montana plates or whatever.

But OTOH, the reason why owners of German luxocars don’t have the plates what DMV sent them mounted front and rear, just speculating here, are:

  1. Eurocars aren’t made with tall square-ish American license plates in mind, so you might need a special bracket to mount them, and even though dealers are obligated to provide them…
  2. After they break, due to their Mickey Mouse construction, drivers don’t want to replace them due to…
  3. Car owners thinking that ugly U.S.-style plates mar the good looks of their Euro rides, and…


4. Bridge Toll Evasion

(Hey, what if you have just the back license plate on your car – do the Golden Gate Bridge people take images of you car from the back as well? IDK.)

Anyway, the best example of this would be a German car owner who improperly asked for a handicapped placard and was improperly given one by a chiropractor and then uses that placard to park for free all day long at an SFMTA parking meter in Frisco, say someplace close to the Financh but not too close, maybe by that Safeway on Washington BUT ALSO doesn’t have license plates mounted in order to evade the $6.50 daily Golden Gate Bridge toll BUT ALSO has an insidery CHP 11-99 Foundation license plate holder so that the CHP officer who pulls you over already knows that you’ve personally given thousands of dollars to the families of CHP officers so s/he will go easy on you “this time” for speeding on the 101 without license plates BUT ALSO has been doing this for years and years.

You know, something like this:


After all, you’re special.

So very special

It wasn’t that I didn’t try
It’s not the kind of thing, that you buy
Written in my destiny
Life is but a dream
Covered by the sky
Stop saying that you’re calling time
Look at your life before you start on mine
I’m not the kind of person that you need
I’m sick of trying
I mean that it’s over

It was always special
It was like water down the drain
I’m intoxicated
Every time I hear your name
I try to remember
But nothing is the same
It was always special
it was like water down the drain

Patiently you wait for me
You’re so blind
I thought it couldn’t be
Then changed my mind
Drowning in the endless sea
Line all those lines
The traces of your memory
Don’t belong with mine

If You Don’t Approve of an SFMTA MUNI Bus Ad About Palestine or Israel, Just Tear It Off, Like This

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

If you want to see this ad from before, click here.

Anyway, here’s how one of the ads looks now – riiiiiip:


Word from an Official SFMTA MUNI Bus: “Thank You, Israel, for Fighting Our Shared Enemies for Us”

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

[UPDATE: Obviously, our state and federal constitutions don’t require MUNI to carry political ads. MUNI does so in order to make money. MUNI wants to make money, right? If MUNI really really didn’t like these ads on the sides of their buses, they’re fully empowered to eliminate them. But they don’t. Why? Can you guess? Because of the money. How else can one explain that? And if you don’t understand something what’s hotlinked, you’re supposed to click on the link instead of complaining about how you don’t understand pop culture. ENDOFLINE.]


This one’s new. I’m seeing it all over town. It makes me think of transparent dangling carrots, I’m srsly. It gives me an earworm is what I’m saying.

Oh what’s that, SFMTA – you don’t really want to weigh in on the Mideast, but the money’s just too good to say no?

Imagine a future SFMTA with 10,000 employees, which will happen soon enough. Maybe at that point it will start issuing foreign policy papers.

But until then, this ad program will just have to do…

SFMTA “Beautification” Effort Fails at Great Highway and Kirkham – Why Not Paint What Should be Red Curbs Red?

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The street triangles of the Outside Lands become an issue for the SFPD:


You see, the problem here is that there isn’t any church around to persuade the SFMTA about how it’s OK to park next to a median, oh well…

Illegal Turn or Not? Can’t Tell – SFGov Doesn’t Do a Very Good Job of Regulating SFGov Drivers

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

As here:20160912_074619-copy

If SFGov were serious about “Vision Zero” 2024, which it’s not, it would have already started with SFGov traffic.

Oh well.

Passive-Aggressive #5 Fulton Driver Purposefully Blocks Bike Rider, for Some Reason – An Unsmooth Operator

Friday, September 16th, 2016

So maybe this bus driver thought this bike rider should have held back and not try to enter the two feet of space betwixt the moving bus and the parked cars on the right as the bus rolled its way to the Financh So the driver turned to the right and stopped, with the nose of the bus right next to a parked car, forcing the rider to pass on the left, as seen:


I’ve never seen this kind of purposeful blocking. Perhaps the driver was teaching a lesson about the wisdom of entering what was (admittedly) a tight space. That’s prolly the most optimistic interpretation.

Or perhaps this MUNI operator was having Yet Another Bad Day and this is some kind of portent.

IDK, man. A bus isn’t a toy, right SFMTA?

You’re Supposed to Call 311 on Corporate Shuttle Buses, But the Companies Would Prefer You To Call New “How’s My Driving” Numbers

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

You can barely see the telephone icon on the blue SFMTA sticker – it’s right next to the “311” you’re supposed to dial if you’re a “vigilante” who’s seen some improper bus driving behavior. But OTOH, it’s easy to see the How’s My Driving? sticker, so one imagines that 311 would get fewer complaint calls now?


The companies certainly don’t want to end up like Bauer’s, with all those 311 calls, that’s for sure

Just Try to Make Sense of this Ad Campaign from SFMTA/MUNI/DPT – “Let Him Get Home Too?”

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Whose neighbor what?


If You Work for SFGov, You Can Illegally Park Your Car for Free, Sometimes

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Or make a habit of it and do it every day, why not? Our SFMTA isn’t in the habit of ticketing/towing certain cars in certain areas.


Just put your Rec and Park jacket on the dash – that’s the ticket, or rather, it’s the way to not get a ticket.

Oh well…

Here’s Why Uber Drivers Should Worry About the SFMTA

Friday, September 9th, 2016

Generally speaking, the boot’s doing you a favor ’cause our local towing fees are the highest in the land, if you count the fee itself plus the added dealer markup from our inefficient, high-cost SFMTA.


And if they can boot you, they could have towed you…